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What is Futurescapes?

The UK landscape is like a jigsaw puzzle. It's made up of different sized pieces that are owned by different people, from local authorities and communities to farmers, companies and governments.

We would like to talk to these landowners, particularly in our priority areas. Many species continue to decline, and most exist in fragments of once widespread habitats. Working in partnership through Futurescapes, we aim to make UK landscapes more wildlife-friendly. You can find our priority areas on the map on the Futurescapes homepage.

Why bigger is better

As well as making nature reserves and protected areas the best they can be for nature, we've got to work on the pieces of land between them. This will help to join up fragments of habitat. Connecting the fragments to create larger areas is important because:

  • you find more plants and animals in larger areas
  • the species that most need help are usually found in larger areas
  • different habitats are home to different species. The more habitats there are, the more creatures there are
  • animals are already moving because of climate change, so we need space to accommodate these movements.

What can you do to make land better for wildlife?

There are several things you can do for wildlife without affecting the way you use your land.

  • increase the areas of habitat under conservation management
  • provide links between different sites
  • use land management techniques that are more sympathetic to wildlife
  • protect wildlife sites from the impacts of actions in the wider countryside, eg development

We can offer you advice and information about all of these - just get in touch with us to chat through your options.

Futurescapes is funded by the EU-Life Nature programme. LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed nearly 4,000 projects, contributing approximately €2.8 billion to the protection of the environment.